Mini Split update for Offgrid

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  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 28,186 admin
    Dave is right... Chlorine is pretty tough on some plastics/materials.

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • LucManLucMan Solar Expert Posts: 226 ✭✭✭
    Forget about the plastics chlorine will ruin the copper and aluminum coils. Never use chlorine  or acid based coil cleaners on a mini split. 
    There are coil cleaners available made for exactly that purpose. Nu Calgon makes several varieties in aerosol cans available for one time use. They are good for light buildup. 
    The concentrated commercial coil cleaners come in 1 gallon jugs and are much more effective, but need to be used carefully because they can easily damage paint, floors  etc and coils if not rinsed properly. My favorite is NuCalgon Special HD Clean.
    Be careful when using any of these products and purchase the "mini split  Bib" system for cleaning evaporators.http://www.nucalgon.com/assets/prodlit/3-125.pdf   

  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,140 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I would say you can skip the bib and do preventative cleaning with self rinsing coil cleaner/fan/pan and then a mold preventative.
    You will need the bib if you let this go on for too long. 

    The time to do all of this during heating season. The indoor unit is dry and much easier when you do not need cooling.

    If you only use the split for cooling you will have to be much more attentive as it can end of as bad as a house full of ducting that is full of bad stuff. One of the best things of a split is you can see this :)
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  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,140 ✭✭✭✭✭
    BB. said:
    Dave is right... Chlorine is pretty tough on some plastics/materials.

    -Bill
    I may be right but I have done what you suggested many times Bill. On the plastic system fans, condenser coils, and drain pan.

    Being in places where you are too far from the best way, like on an Island or at a very remote Offgrid house.

    The main point is if you use chlorine, you just have to make damn sure you rinse it out really well with distilled or rainwater in a pressure sprayer..

    There were places where we could not get the three C's of life.    Chocolate, Cabernet, and Cheese. Nice to be in America ;)
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  • LucManLucMan Solar Expert Posts: 226 ✭✭✭
    True for light cleaning before the units are a complete mess you can get away with out the bib. Usually though by the time people call me the coils and fans etc. are growing beards. I need the bib to keep from making a mess on the walls and floor,  requiring me to remove the blower to properly clean the wheels and shroud.
  • NestoNesto Registered Users Posts: 9 ✭✭
    XRinger said:
    I did notice that R32 for the first time. I don't recall hearing about it before now.. But, I'm not a big follower of the HVAC news these days..

    That R32 some impressive stuff. Kinda reminds me of R290 in a way.  I've got about 20+ pounds of R410a around here.
    And about 75 pounds of propane in the detached garage.. :)
    So, I assume the LG Cooling & heat-pump window ACs are going to be using R32. At least they don't have to worry about leaking line-sets..


    what is the lg unit that is cooling and heat pump that you are referring to?
  • XRingerXRinger Solar Expert Posts: 588 ✭✭✭
    Not sure. It might be some LG unit we discussed earlier in the thread.. 
    Good Night,
    Rich
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,140 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Goodnight Rich...
    Winter predictions for the Boston area? No sign of it out here, we bought another 2,500 of storage.. water that is ;)
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  • XRingerXRinger Solar Expert Posts: 588 ✭✭✭
    Right now, it looks pretty good. https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/analysis/models/?model=gfs&region=us&pkg=asnow
    Just hope it stays mild & Snow-free.. Today is rainy, but pretty warm! 66.3°F
  • NestoNesto Registered Users Posts: 9 ✭✭
    XRinger said:
    Not sure. It might be some LG unit we discussed earlier in the thread.. 
    Good Night,
    Rich
    No unit was discussed in an earlier thread, the topic started this past august because in August LG was coming out with the new dual inverter window ac unit, Dave commented on it that he was anxious to get one. You referenced that it was ac/heat pump and I think you guys may be wrong about this, I think the window units are solely ac. If not, if anyone knows if lg or any company makes a dual inverter window ac/heat pump I can't find a model number
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,140 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I do make mistakes but Rich never does ;)
    This is what we were talking about. I do not think I am wrong as I saw one last week.... Cheers! 
    https://www.lg.com/us/air-conditioners/lg-LW1517IVSM

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  • NestoNesto Registered Users Posts: 9 ✭✭
    Checked that unit (lg lw-1517ivsm) out yesterday and it's only ac. I was really hoping it had the heat pump for easier install.  
  • XRingerXRinger Solar Expert Posts: 588 ✭✭✭
    Yeah, seems like that product doesn't exist yet. After looking at the LG inverter wall units at Home Depot & the LG site, it seems like the LG inverter units aren't nearly as efficient as inverter M/S in cooling mode.  That said, I suspect, IF they had a heating mode (reversing refrigerant flow) they would do a poor job of heating in cold climates. Might be okay for warmer areas..

    What LG might want to try building is a 18,000 BTU inverter mini-split system that uses a Window unit. (instead the standard big wall unit).
    The window unit would be plugged into a 220 outlet inside the home. The outdoor unit would be fed power from the Window unit. 
    This would allow people to install systems without drilling a large hole in the wall.  No need for a 220 box to be installed outdoors. 
    This would be good for people renting homes, or people who were moving and wanted to take their system with them.. 
    I can see where these would be good for the Tiny House folks. Since inside space is pretty minimal.  
    It could be a non-invasive install..  
      
       
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,140 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I got mixed up on Nesto because the window unit is a dual inverter, it does not heat which is obvious from the specs, and not having the reverse cycle. It is a dual Inverter which was in his question. I confuse easily these days.....

    Switching up to 220V, raising the price for higher SEER, and the reverse cycle will come next year, I think....

    I do not get your idea Rich, would you not still have to make a refrigerant connection?
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  • jonrjonr Solar Expert Posts: 1,135 ✭✭✭✭
    Note that the highest efficiency requires largish heat exchangers and a lot of air movement (often noisy).     Windows units may never be as good.

    Also consider this:

    http://www.hotspotenergy.com/hotel-air-conditioner/


  • XRingerXRinger Solar Expert Posts: 588 ✭✭✭
    I got mixed up on Nesto because the window unit is a dual inverter, it does not heat which is obvious from the specs, and not having the reverse cycle. It is a dual Inverter which was in his question. I confuse easily these days.....

    Switching up to 220V, raising the price for higher SEER, and the reverse cycle will come next year, I think....

    I do not get your idea Rich, would you not still have to make a refrigerant connection?
    Yeah, you would still have a full umbilical coming from the outdoor unit.. One advantage is you could place the the outdoor unit under a deck or under a snow shelter, next to the house, or a few yards away from the house.   A large standalone snow roof (gazebo?) that could keep the snow drifts at bay, would be wonderful! 
    If R32 could be used in a flexible tubing, (like PEX) that would make it really versatile.. But, I think the pressures might be like R410a.   

    I've used a few large window AC units, and I believe the external size of a large window AC is enough to contain a single heat exchanger and fan unit. With the compressor sitting down in the ODU, there should enough space..  Maybe the size limit would be 14,000 18,000 BTUh..   
    Jonr, remember that much of the noise from wall-bangers comes from the compressor.. So noise will be considerable less with this kind of split system.  Inverter units don't run high air flow, they cycle up and down as needed. Most have a quiet mode.. 

    Well, now that I'm Day Dreaming, LC should make that window until that could connect to an ODU that didn't have any air-type heat exchanger (HX), but had a liquid HX, with a coolant pump and connections for a Loop.. For a Ground Source Heat Pump Loop.:)  
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,140 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Daydreaming aside, I really don't care how large of a hole I, or a client has to put in the wall as long as there is little skill other than basic handyman for warranty. You should see some of the remote places I have installed a split and told the owner, good luck and no warranty.

    I did my last ground source when the air source splits came out. Never again on that one. 

    My daydream is that when disclosure happens and my brother-in-law in the Air Force tells me how the aliens do it.  ;)

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  • XRingerXRinger Solar Expert Posts: 588 ✭✭✭
    I know what you mean about Disclosure. If it happens, I have been very curious about the 1967 CE1 while aboard the USS Essex. 
    I still think about it, 50 years later. Did those UFOs have anything to do with the disappearance of 3 aircrew and 1 helicopter?  

  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,140 ✭✭✭✭✭
    That was the year that Apollo 1 burned and you guys were to pick them up near PR? I am looking in Wiki because me cousin was down near there but I never figured what carrier he was on because he did not make it out mentally.

    Lot's of cold war stuff on wiki with essex near cuba, before we taught the russians how to meddle with computers. My brother was on midway and they were the last non-nuke. I had 3 nice tiger cruises with him.

    Back to splits, ours is still in cooling mode. Our days are 80F, but we need bad weather and rain.
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  • XRingerXRinger Solar Expert Posts: 588 ✭✭✭
    That was the Essex. We got the word about the accident while stuck on a reef near PR.. 

    80F? Did move to South Texas?  ;)    I've been using heat mode for over a month! 
  • LucManLucMan Solar Expert Posts: 226 ✭✭✭
    Comfortaire has a 18K HP with electric heat, window unit available. Non inverter , 410A.
    There's not a big market for high SEER expensive window units so don't expect to see many manufacturer's marketing them.
  • XRingerXRinger Solar Expert Posts: 588 ✭✭✭
    When you are paying 26 cents per KW hour, that seems to be a pretty good motivator for buying high SEER unit.. 
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 4,140 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 6 #204
    XRinger said:
    When you are paying 26 cents per KW hour, that seems to be a pretty good motivator for buying high SEER unit.. 
    A good motivator also to minimize cycling an offgrid battery also. ;) Pretty hard to beat a quality split. Up there with the top 5 best things for a home for us! I think they are paying close to 40 cents in the top tier down in the valley. 
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
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